About the book:
The Golden Braid (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)
The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower...
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again---this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight---Sir Gerek---Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
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My Thoughts:“So you see, a man can lover you, but only imperfectly. It is God alone who can be God.” (p. 285)
What an amazing truth found within the pages of a fairy-tale retelling of Rapunzel! This is my first encounter with Melanie Dickerson’s Medieval Fairy tales! I am hooked! I would have never imagined a tale with such compelling characters and such sound and solid faith as their anchor! From Rapunzel to Gerek the knight, and from Gothel to Lady Rose, every character in this book is believably flawed and perfectly sound! You will find yourself relating to the fear of one and the bravery of another. You will be afraid during an attack of villains and you will cheer at Rapunzel’s tireless pursuit of knowledge and personal growth – in spite of all of her challenges!
This book was a delightful escape with a depth that amazed me. I was pleasantly surprised when Gerek chose to use God’s Word to teach Rapunzel to read. (not unusual, but so delightful!) And to see each of them falter in their ability to believe that love was everything they dreamed it could be and more! I’m telling you now, that THIS is a fairy-tale that is not a fairy-tale!
I am so excited to recommend this book to everyone!! And I have to go back and find the other books in this series!! I’m enchanted!!
About the Author:
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.